Have you been struggling to update Windows 10, or even struggling to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10?
Have you been getting a blue or green screen of death (BSOD / GSOD) about 70% into the process?
Well I decided to do a bit of digging and found out that this process ( aksdf.sys ) belongs to a USB dongle driver. I can’t even remember the last time any software I used needed a security dongle, let alone use one now!
Note: Obviously, if you do use any software that may use the hasp sentinel driver described below, it may be worth checking with the software provider first to see if they have a patch etc. to help. You could also just re-install the driver after updating Windows.
UPDATE 06/06/20: A couple of the comments did mention X-rite software. This may be worth re-installing after you have successfully updated Windows. This software is normally used for monitor calibration or Fiery enabled printers and copiers.
I found a web page detailing how to uninstall this driver. I downloaded the tool and uploaded it to this website for ease.
Firstly, download the following file:../downloads/haspdinst_7.100.25990.1.zip
Then unzip the file within ( haspdinst.exe ) to your C: (You will need administrator rights to do so).
Open an administrative command prompt (click start, type cmd, right-click Command Prompt and click ‘Run as Administrator’.)
Make sure you are at the root of C drive (you should see C: at the bottom of the command prompt window). If you aren’t and see some other letter, type C: and press enter.
Then copy and paste the following into the Command Prompt window and press return:
haspdinst.exe -kp -r -fr -v -purge
The Sentinel install window will appear for a short time and should come back successful. You can then try updating Windows again which should happily fly past the 70% mark and complete.
Please leave a comment if this has helped you!